Forest management and biodiversity across Europe: Postgrad course in Bialowieza reserve

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Bialowieza National Park

The Forestry subject area of the Euroleague of Life Science (ELLS) together with the Graduate School in Production Ecology & Resource Conservation of Wageningen University, is organizing a PhD training school on “Forest Management and Biodiversity Across Europe” in Bialowieza, Poland, from 10-17 September, 2023.

Europe’s forest resources harbour important biodiversity. They host diverse ecosystems and are under different management styles and land tenure and governance systems. To enhance biodiversity, the European Union (EU) has developed the Natura 2000 network, launched the Restoration Regulation and the Green Deal. The European Forest Strategy aims to strengthen the Bioeconomy through the use of wood and other renewable resources that are increasingly demanded. Conflicts result.

This course welcomes PhD candidates from ELLS partner institutes to:

  • compare divergent views regarding European forest resource management and biodiversity conservation
  • engage with multiple disciplines and goals
  • cover ecological and social aspects, as well as economics, silviculture, and governance
  • resolve conflicts participants will propose and develop strategies to protect and enhance biodiversity while maintaining other forest uses and values.

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Image: Landscape protection zone surrounding the Bialowieza National Park with standing dead Norway spruce trees killed by bark beetles by Marcus Lindner.